GBSN executive board member school, Strathmore Business School, will launch an agribusiness training program in March of 2018. The program will be the first of its kind available in Africa and aims to provide youth with relevant skills to be successful in the agriculture industry.
“The program will integrate both theoretical and industrial relevance to address the current trends in the sector,” said Dr. George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School.
Strathmore is partnering with US-based maker of Massey Ferguson tractors and Fortune 500 company AGCO in the two-year agribusiness program. The program will initially target youth ages 20-30 years old.
AGCO Africa Vice President and General Manager, Nuradin Osman said the training is part of the company’s plan to build a competent human resource pool that would manage its business interests on the continent. “The biggest challenge we are facing in growing our business in Africa, is the inadequate talent in the sector,” he said.
Commenting on the impact of such a partnership, Agriculture CS Willy Bett said, “the training places Kenya as a leader in the continent in generating knowledge and skill that will prepare youth for the future of work in Agriculture.”
Other key program partners include Harper Adams University in the United Kingdom, the University of Zambia and The Bridge Africa.
Nicole Zefran is the Communications and Administrative Officer at the Global Business School Network